Apple TV 4K and tvOS: Rumored A12X version with 64/128GB could be released at any time

Apple TV has grown up a lot since its iTV days. It’s not just for video rentals and purchases anymore—Apple TV handles just about anything we watch, from House of Cards to Game of Thrones and Major League Baseball games, and now that also includes Apple TV+ content and Apple Arcade games.

With an extensive library of apps, Siri support, and a drop-dead simple interface, Apple TV is one of the underrated players in Apple’s lineup. Just like all those years ago, it’s still the device that “completes the story” of Apple’s entertainment ecosystem, and even without some of the bells and whistles of its competitors, Apple TV is still one of the best streaming boxes you can buy—from SD to HD to brilliant 4K.

And we’ve got everything you need to know about it. Whether you’re buying your first one or just want to learn a few more tricks, make sure to bookmark our guide to Apple TV and tvOS as we keep it updated with all the latest news, features, tricks, and tips.

Update 05/07/20: Jon Prosser says that an Apple TV with an A12X processor and double the storage of the current 4K unit is done with development and ready to ship.

The latest: Rumored A12X update with 64GB/128GB storage

The Apple TV 4K was released in 2017, and since it hasn’t been updated in so long, the rumor mill is generating some fresh rumblings. In March, a rumor came from YouTube site iUpdate, who claimed that the upcoming “Apple TV 6” would come in 64GB and 128GB models. Currently, you can only get the Apple TV in 32GB and 64GB configurations, which look increasingly limiting in this age of hefty file sizes for movies and Apple Arcade games.

iUpdate also claims the Apple TV would get a new Kids Mode that would allow parents to create a separate kids account so parents could have some control over the content their children watch. This is a tvOS 14 feature, so it wouldn’t be limited to the new hardware. On a related note, the YouTube channels claimed the Apple TV would be getting its own version of Screen Time, which sounds plausible. 

On May 7, 2020, Jon Prosser tipped on Twitter that an Apple TV with an A12X processor and 64GB/128GB of storage is “ready to ship” (meaning done with development and likely in manufacturing). He couldn’t share an image because of identifying marks on it, but says it “looks like an Apple TV.” No word on whether Apple will ship a new remote with it or not—the Apple TV remote is largely regarded, even among Apple’s biggest fans, as a design disaster.

prosser apple tv tweet Jon Prosser/Twitter

An upgrade in storage is hardly necessary for streaming video apps, but would be a welcome change for those who run lots of other apps, particularly games. The A12X would deliver significantly better performance. Single-core CPU performance would go up around 25-30% while multi-core performance would nearly double, if reviews of the iPad Pro are anything to go by. Graphics performance, too, would about double the current Apple TV 4K. This would be great for gaming, but the Apple TV 4K is already one of the fastest streaming boxes on the market—Apple’s challenge is price, not performance.